Freed journalist, bullied woman among TEDxVancouver speakers

The Province Mon Nov 2 2015

Three UBC faculty members are on this year’s list of TEDxVancouver speakers: Mohamed Fahmy, journalist in residence; Marina Adshade, who teaches a popular course on the economics of sex; and Lara Boyd, a neurobiologist.

A similar article appeared on MSN.

B.C. Conservatives re-evaluate identity

The Globe and Mail Mon Nov 2 2015 By: Ian Bailey

B.C. Conservatives are looking to redefine their role in provincial politics following the federal Tories’ defeat in the recent election.

UBC political scientist Richard Johnston said that the Tories should learn from the provincial Liberals’ approach of holding to Conservative economic philosophy while being “less tone deaf on coastal issues.”

UBC-led ‘white paper’ to outline Canada’s future with China

The Vancouver Sun Fri Oct 30 2015 By: Chuck Chiang

UBC professor Paul Evans and Wendy Dobson, a director at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will present a new policy document on Canada-China relations at a UBC forum on Nov. 12.

Yves Tiberghien, director of the UBC Institute of Asian Research and one of the forum organizers, said the release of the policy paper and the timing of the annual conference are fortunate since the coming of a new federal government could signal a new approach in Canada’s relationship with China.

‘Super-diversity,’ Burnaby style

The Vancouver Sun Sat Oct 31 2015 By: Douglas Todd

A Vancouver Sun analysis showed that Burnaby is the most ethnically diverse city in Metro Vancouver, followed by Richmond and the city of Vancouver. It also showed that Metro Vancouver is the most diverse region in B.C.; the rest of the province is predominantly white.

Although diversity is generally positive, scholars say too much of it can promote distrust and lack of connection. UBC sociologist Richard Carpiano says there can be “growing pains” when an influx of newcomers joins a neighbourhood and seemingly changes its character.

UBC geographer Dan Hiebert pointed out that most immigrants today flock to the major cities, straining those cities’ social services, and yet city leaders are rarely invited to participate in federal/provincial policy meetings.

The feminist cabinet-maker

Ottawa Citizen Fri Oct 30 2015 By: Kate Heartfield

Grace Lore, a PhD candidate at UBC and a national director of an organization that supports the election of more women to government, is quoted in an Ottawa Citizen article on gender parity in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

“If women are 50 per cent of cabinet and in high-profile positions, that changes the narrative about politics being a place where you can make a difference,” Lore said.

Chinese company plans Arctic shipping route through Russia

CBC North Fri Oct 30 2015 By: David Thurton

Chinese cargo-shipping giant, Cosco, is planning to start regular vessel service through the Northeast Passage in the Arctic.

UBC’s Arctic specialist Michael Byers, a Canada Research Chair, says the announcement is significant.

“They are the first shipping company considering the possibility of regularly scheduled container ship traffic — the kind of traffic that is the backbone of the international trading system,” Byers said.

A similar article appeared on Yahoo.

‘Western Canada’: A closer look at what that even means

CBC The 180 Sun Nov 1 2015

UBC anthropologist Charles Menzies was among the experts discussing what “Western Canada” means on CBC’s The 180.

B.C. is different from other western provinces and has its own history, according to Menzies. It was a colony while the rest of the west stayed as territories throughout the 19th century, and unlike other provinces, B.C. has not been a destination for settlers but rather a resource and industrial capitalist province.

Do we need an inquiry to end violence against indigenous women?

CBC The 180 Sun Nov 1 2015

Sarah Hunt, an assistant professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at UBC, says there is enough information on what needs to be done to prevent violence against indigenous women. She’s skeptical that a government-led inquiry is needed at this point.

“There are organizations at a grassroots level that are led by indigenous communities and families that are already trying to create change with very few resources,” Hunt said, citing a few concrete steps that could be taken, such as a bus system for northern B.C.

End of daylight saving time 2015: 6 eye-opening facts

CBC News Sat Oct 31 2015

The return to standard time in most parts of Canada this weekend was discussed in a CBC News article.

UBC sleep expert Stanley Coren is quoted in the story. Coren’s research found that although there is a five to seven per cent increase in accident fatalities during the three days following spring daylight saving time, overall the spring time change saves lives.

Canada said to consult Obama before opening fighter-jet bidding

Bloomberg Fri Oct 30 2015 By: Josh Wingrove

UBC professor Michael Byers is quoted in a Bloomberg story on Justin Trudeau’s plans to consult the U.S. president before launching a process to replace Canada’s combat jets.

Byers says Trudeau could save around $10 billion by buying a different plane and that in any case, Canada’s low dollar makes the F-35 unaffordable.

Academics put spotlight on Korean pop culture

The Wall Street Journal Sun Nov 1 2015 By: Jonathan Cheng

Korean-style karaoke establishments are featured in a Wall Street Journal article on the rise of Korean pop culture as a subject of serious academic study.

UBC anthropologist Millie Creighton says Korean-style karaoke generally involves a large room with central screen and large groups of customers.

End of China’s ‘one-child’ policy is no surprise, analysts say

The Vancouver Sun Thu Oct 29 2015 By: Chuck Chiang

China has announced it is ending its one-child policy and experts like Yves Tiberghien, director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, say they’re not surprised.

Tiberghien says China has a pension crisis and an aging crisis, and so ending the one-child policy will expand the working population and sustain China’s income growth. It’s also hoped that being allowed to have two children will eventually correct the gender imbalance in China–there are 20 million young men who cannot get married because there aren’t enough women.

CBC Early Edition also interviewed Tiberghien (segment starts 2:31:35). Aprodicio Laquian, a professor emeritus at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, spoke with Global News on the same subject.

You can now study ‘Game of Thrones’ in school because culture

Marie Claire Wed Oct 28 2015 By: Chelsea Peng

Students at UBC can earn credit for reading or watching Game of Thrones, thanks to a new course that will look at medieval culture through the lens of the popular series.

Similar articles appeared on CBC News, Metro News and other publications.

Insider Guide: Best of Vancouver

CNN Thu Oct 29 2015 By: Dana Lynch

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and the skating rink at Robson Square are listed in CNN‘s insider guide to the best of Vancouver.

The benefits of paid leave for children are real

CNN Thu Oct 29 2015 By: Kelly Wallace, Jen Christensen

A CNN article on parental leave says it’s becoming a hot issue in the U.S., the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee paid parental leave.

The article mentions a Canadian study that found no significant benefits following the extension of maternity leave policies from six to 12 months in 2001.

UBC economist Kevin Milligan says he was a little surprised that the study found no significant difference in terms of when children learn to walk, talk or feed themselves, between parents who took extended leave and those who didn’t.

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